Filed by The First American  Corporation
                            Pursuant to Rules 165 and 425 promulgated under the
                                              Securities Act of 1933, as amended

                              Subject Company: Substance Abuse Management,  Inc.
                                                   Commission File No. 333-66431

Set forth below is the text of a press release dated July 31, 2001:

                        substance abuse management, inc.

SANTA ANA, Calif., July 31, 2001 - The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF),
the nation's leading diversified provider of business information and related
products and services, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary,
HireCheck, Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire
Milwaukee-based Substance Abuse Management, Inc. (SAMI), the industry leader in
drug testing management and medical review officer services. Terms of the
transaction, which is expected to close during the first week of August 2001,
were not disclosed.

HireCheck's acquisition of SAMI will unite two of the employee-screening
industry's premier administrative services companies and expand HireCheck's
services to include a truly comprehensive program of substance abuse and
occupational health and safety consultation services. The addition will also
serve to strengthen First American's growing consumer information and services

With more than 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies now utilizing pre-employment
drug testing services and 85 percent conducting some form of employee background
verification, HireCheck estimates the size of the employment-screening market to
be in excess of $2.6 billion, and growing.

"HireCheck has had the opportunity to utilize SAMI's excellent services over the
past two years as a client," said John W. Long, president of HireCheck, Inc.
"We're excited that we will be able to directly offer our clients the benefit of
SAMI's complete medical and substance

abuse services. In turn, SAMI's clients will have access to HireCheck's
industry-leading employment background-checking services. The combination of
these services is a great stride toward HireCheck's goal to become the premier
provider of employment screening services nationally."

"Today, employers want to deal with a single-source provider for their
employment screening needs, rather than coordinate multiple independent
vendors," said Henry M. Goldberg, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer of
SAMI. "Partnering with HireCheck and becoming a member of the First American
Family of Companies will allow SAMI to expand its services and increase the
amount of resources and expertise available to our clients."

SAMI will continue to operate from its Milwaukee office. Bart K. Valdez,
HireCheck's chief operating officer, will become the new president of SAMI.
SAMI's current president, Robert Sowinski, will leave to pursue other business
interests. Dr. Goldberg will remain as a consultant, and Mary K. Tappa will
continue as the senior vice president and chief operating officer of SAMI,
reporting to Valdez. HireCheck expects the balance of the SAMI management team
to remain intact. HireCheck, Inc., formerly CIC Applicant Background Checks, is
based in St. Petersburg, Fla., and provides employment-screening services,
including background checks and drug screening, to employers across the nation.
HireCheck's staff of 2,200 employees and field agents conduct searches and
provide timely, accurate reports on criminal records, credit, civil litigation,
prior employment, education, licenses, motor vehicle records, as well as other
information necessary for employers to make informed hiring decisions.
Information about HireCheck can be found on the Internet at

Substance Abuse Management, Inc. is headquartered in Milwaukee and provides
medical review officer and various third-party administration services. With an
extensive menu of services designed for workplace safety and a staff of more
than 100 employees, SAMI serves 9,000 clients nationwide, many of which are
Fortune 500 and 1000 companies. For more information about SAMI, visit

The First American Corporation, based in Santa Ana, Calif., is the nation's
leading, diversified provider of business information and related products and
services. The corporation's


three primary business  segments include:  title information and services;  real
estate information and services,  which includes mortgage  information  services
and database  information and services;  and consumer information and services ,
which provides  automotive,  subprime and  direct-to-consumer  credit reporting;
direct-to-consumer public records reporting, resident screening;  pre-employment
screening;  automobile title  administration;  property and automotive insurance
tracking services; property and casualty insurance; home warranties;  investment
advisory;  and trust and banking services.  Information about the company and an
archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at

     Certain statements in this press release, including those relating to the
     closing of the SAMI acquisition, are forward looking. Risks and
     uncertainties exist which may cause results to differ materially from those
     set forth in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the
     anticipated results to differ from those described in the forward-looking
     statements include: interest rate fluctuations; changes in the performance
     of the real estate markets; general volatility in the capital markets;
     changes in applicable government regulations; consolidation among the
     company's significant customers and competitors; legal proceedings
     commenced by the California attorney general and related litigation; the
     company's continued ability to identify businesses to be acquired; changes
     in the company's ability to integrate businesses which it acquires; and
     other factors described in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the
     year ended Dec. 31, 2000, filed with the Securities and Exchange
     Commission. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they
     are made. The company does not undertake to update forward-looking
     statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the
     forward-looking statements are made.

Additional Information

First American plans to file a supplement to the prospectus filed as part of
First American's Registration Statement No. 333-66431 on Securities and Exchange
Commission Form S-4 in connection with the acquisition of Substance Abuse
AVAILABLE. The Registration Statement and the Prospectus, as supplemented, will
contain important information about First American. Investors and security
holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents through the Web
site maintained by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at
In addition to the Registration Statement and the prospectus, as supplemented,
First American files annual, quarterly and special reports, proxy statements and
other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You may read and
copy any reports, statements and other information filed by First American at
the Securities and Exchange Commission's public reference room at 450 Fifth
Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549 or at the Securities and Exchange
Commission's other public reference rooms in New York, New York and Chicago,
Illinois. Please call the SEC at 800-SEC-0330 for further information on public
reference rooms. First American's filings with the SEC are also available to the
public from commercial document-retrieval services and the Web site maintained
by the SEC at

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